The Central Library of the University was formed by integrating the Libraries existing in the Constituent Colleges. It was originally proposed to make the Library building a five storied one and foundation had been laid down accordingly. The foundation stone was laid by Sri S.K. Patil, the then Union Minister for Food and Agriculture on the 30th December 1960. However, in 17th January, 1968 the building was made available for housing the Library and on this day, the Library was officially opened by Dr. Ajudhia Nath Khosla, His Excellency the then Governor of Orissa and the Hon'ble Chancellor of the University. Dr. K. Ramiah former Vice-Chancellor enriched the Library by donating all his life-long collections of rare research reprints and many valuable books.
View of E-Library
The Central Library, which is serving the staff and students of seven constituent colleges of the University, has increased its collection to 90,781 lakhs volumes of books, 133 foreign and Indian subscribed journals, 3374 theses and dissertations as well as Annual and Technical reports (8243) of different Universities and institutions. The library has open access system and daily 400 to 450 readers avail the library facilities. The Text Book Bank provides books to students at nominal charges. Every year the Tribal Welfare Department of the Govt. of Orissa donates books to the Text Book Bank for distribution among S.C & S.T students free of cost. Under inter-library loan system, books, journals and thesis are lent out and borrowed from other libraries and when demanded by the Institutions.
The Central Library has open-access to staff and students from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. during working days. To provide the on line access to the other reputed libraries, internet facility has been provided. Central Library has already initiated automation of library on the installation of "Libsys 4" software package. LAN connections have been given to sixty computers. Registration and Circulation through computers will be functioning very soon.
Facility of e-library:
A well furnished room with 50 reader capacity having all facilities for accessing the internet and CDROM data base and online access are available for use by the staff and students of OUAT. University has subscribed to 6 data base in the form of CDROM i.e., CAB, AGRICOLA, AGRIS,VET, ASFA, BIOTECHNOLOGY. The eagerness to use the e-library facility for acquiring needful information is increasing day by day among the users. About 15,360 users have used e-library during 2006-07.